Women Of Troy Fall To Ninth-Ranked Stanford, 63-55

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - The USC women's basketball team (12-14, 7-8 Pac-10) was unable to stop Stanford guard Nicole Powell as she collected 22 points and 16 rebounds to lead the ninth-ranked Cardinal (21-3, 13-2 Pac-10) to a 63-55 win on Thursday night in front of 4,573 at Maples Pavilion.

Rometra Craig, a Bay Area native, scored 14 points for the Women of Troy, who lost theirsecond straight after winning six of their previous seven. Rachel Woodwardadded 11 points, while Ebony Hoffman and Aisha Hollans led with eight boards apiece.

Chelsea Trotter scored 12 points and T'Nae Thiel had 11 for Stanford.

Powell had her 27th career double-double, and her seventh in 14 games thisyear.

Woodward gave USC a 33-30 lead with a short jumper with 17:40 remaining toplay. Susan King tied it a little over a minute later with a 3-pointer, andPowell hit a 3-pointer to put Stanford up 36-33 with 14:53 left.

The Cardinal eventually built a 47-37 lead, but survived a couple of USCrallies to hang on for win.

Powell recorded six points, six rebounds and four assists during the firstseven minutes of the second half to help the Cardinal take the lead.

The Women of Troy took a 22-7 lead early in the first half. USC made 10 of itsfirst 12 shots while Stanford missed 15 of its first 17 attempts.

Over the next eight minutes, the Cardinal went on a 19-0 run to take a 26-24lead. The Trojans scored the final four points of the first half and the gamewas tied at 26-all at the break.

USC completes its road trip at California on Saturday, Feb. 22. Tip-off is scheduled at Noon.

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